Throughout Derrick Rose’s MVP type season, the Chicago Bulls point guard has repeatedly been criticized for not playing defense.
The Toronto Raptors learned Rose could play a little defense the hard way Saturday night when Rose recorded three blocks and a steal. No one could say Rose is a great defender, especially with Jerryd Bayless scoring 26 points on 9-of-14 from the field, but he held his own when he needed to.
In this video, Rose turned the ball over while he tried to dribble around three Raptors surrounding the free-throw line. Instead of giving up on the play, he flew to the other side of the court and corrected his wrong doing by sending former Bull James Johnson’s weak shot attempt to China via 1st class direct mail.
Plays like this don’t make him a defensive juggernaut, but it shows he is improving and is willing to do what he needs to do in order to not be labeled a defensive liability.